The Federal Government has warned all heads of commissions and regulatory bodies in the education sector against the reopening of any school at any level, maintaining that all schools remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This warning was contained in a circular issued by the Ministry of Education, through the Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono to the executive secretaries, National Universities Commission, (NUC); National Board for Technical Education (NBTE); National Commission for Colleges of Education, (NCCE) and the Director, Basic and Secondary Education (BSE).
“Further to our earlier circular, FME/PSE/HE/1041/C 1/Vol.1/137 of 19th March 2020, this is to confirm that all schools shall remain closed as we monitor developments on the containment of COVID-19. This is without prejudice to officers on essential services and other operational exigencies as may be determined by the chief executive of each institution.
Following the directive by the ministry, the NUC has written to vice-chancellors asking them to ensure the sustenance of ongoing closure of universities until further notice.
In a letter to all vice-chancellors, signed by Director, Directorate of Executive Secretary’s Office, Chris Maiyaki, the NUC enjoined them to strictly adhere to the ministry’s directive that all universities remain closed to activities.